Climate Change

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Climate change

Council's net zero plan

Following the publication of two net zero route maps, the council set an organisational net zero target of 2045 at its meeting in November 2022.  At the meeting, council staff were asked to develop a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan for the council using the data and recommendations gathered through the net zero route map project and publish annual progress reports.

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Upgrades to Lerwick Energy Recovery Plant

Shetland Islands Council’s Energy Recovery Plant burns waste which heats water in a boiler. The hot water is supplied to a company, SHEAP, who distribute and supply the hot water to the public through a network of pipes, the Lerwick District Heating System.

The original refractory combustion chamber (brick built structure) was at end-of-life and needed to be completely replaced in summer 2021. Significant issues had been identified where brickwork had shifted and large cracks were discovered for the first time – this necessitated a full rebuild as soon as practicably possible.

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Shetland Power Study

The University of Strathclyde is leading a consortia-funded Shetland Power Study that aims to improve our understanding of how the post interconnector grid will work and all the demand components in and around Shetland.

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Supporting Scotland's Climate Week

The council’s Climate Change Team organised a range of activities to support Scotland’s Climate Week (26 September to 2 October 2022) and highlight the impacts that climate change will have on Shetland, as well as what can be done locally to help tackle it.

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Shetland and North East Scotland Techno Economic Study

This study was led by the Net Zero Technology Centre, Worley, VOAR, and Wood Mackenzie, with support from Shetland Islands Council. 

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Shetland Energy Development Principles

In December 2022, Shetland Islands Council approved a set of ‘Shetland Energy Development Principles’.  These principles will now be promoted to all existing and prospective energy developers, UK and Scottish Governments, their agencies, relevant regulators and others.

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Route packs for Ability Shetland

The council’s Outdoor Access Team has been working with Ability Shetland to pull together information packs on routes that could be suitable for people using all terrain wheelchairs.

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